Update on NYSERDA Programs

Per Ken Latal at ICF International...

NYSERDA has discontinued the Existing Facilities Program Pre-Qualified Path as of October 31, 2015, and the Commercial Lighting Program closes on December 1, 2015 at 5 PM. My understanding is that neither program will be continued in 2016 as NYSERDA transitions end users and Business Partners to utility programs resulting from the New York statewide Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceedings.

For further information, feel free to contact Ken at kenneth.latal@icfi.com

DOE and IES Co-Sponsor Webinars on IES Method for Evaluating Light Source Color Rendition (TM-30-15)

To facilitate understanding of IES Method for Evaluating Light Source Color Rendition (TM-30-15), the U.S. Department of Energy and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) are co-sponsoring two free webinars. The first of these, Understanding and Applying TM-30-15 is scheduled for September 15, 2015 1:00PM to 2:30PM EDT. The webinar will cover the basics of the new method, while also discussing the development process and the ongoing steps toward widespread adoption. Leading the presentation are Michael Royer (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) and Kevin Houser (Penn State University). Both Royer and Houser are members of the IES Color Metric Task Group, which was primarily responsible for the development of TM-30- 15.

The second webinar, A Technical Discussion of TM-30-15 is scheduled for September 22, 2015 1:00PM to 2:30PM EDT. The webinar will focus on the underlying math and color science that make up the calculation engine, as well as the details of how the hierarchy of measures is calculated. This webinar will be conducted by Michael Royer (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Aurelien David (Soraa), and Lorne Whitehead (University of British Columbia). Whitehead is also a member of the IES Color Committee. 

The IES will offer additional learning opportunities for TM-30-15 at itsAnnual Conference November 8 - 10 in Indianapolis, IN. A panel discussion entitled Development and Application of the IES Method for Evaluating Light Source Color Rendition will be available to Conference attendees. Panelists will include Randy Burkett (Randy Burkett Lighting Design), Aurelien David (Soraa), Kevin Houser (Penn State University), and Michael Royer (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory). IES Annual Conference registration is available athttp://www.ies.org/ac/

About TM-30-15

IES Method for Evaluating Light Source Color Rendition (TM-30-15) is the most recent addition to the Technical Memorandum Series (TM).

Quantifying the color rendition characteristics of a light source is a complex problem. Many aspects of color rendition, such as color fidelity and color discrimination should be simultaneously considered during the design and specification process. There is no one metric or measure that can accurately quantify all aspects of color rendition and/or identify the most desirable light source for every application.

This Technical Memorandum describes a method for evaluating light source color rendition that takes an objective and statistical approach, quantifying the fidelity (closeness to a reference) through a Fidelity Index (Rf) and gamut (increase or decrease in chroma) through a Gamut Index (Rg) of a light source. The method also generates a color vector graphic that indicates average hue and chroma shifts, which helps with interpreting the values of Rfand Rg.

TM-30-15 provides equations and direction for calculating Rf and Rg, including the spectral reflectance functions for 99 Color Evaluation Samples (CES). A software tool is included with TM-30-15 to aid in calculation and display of the results. The TM-30-15 color rendition method consolidates and synthesizes numerous research efforts that have been ongoing for several years, and was developed by representatives of the manufacturing, specification, and research segments of the lighting industry. 

IES Method for Evaluating Light Source Color Rendition (TM-30-15) is available in print or as a PDF download from the IES at www.ies.org/store. List price: $50.00; IES Member Price: $35.00. ISBN: 978-0-87995-312-6. Softcover, 8 ½ X 11 format, 26 pages + calculation spreadsheets.

Prepare for the Lighting Certification (LC) Exam through the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES)

If you’ve been contemplating getting lighting certified, the IES is offering an internet based study group that can help prepare you for the LC Exam. LC Study Group registration has been extended to September 24, 2015 to coincide with the NCQLP registration extension (see below). To learn more about the IES LC Study Group, click here now

The JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis, IN has been approved as an additional test location for the NCQLP Exam. IES Annual Conference attendees who have been accepted to take the NCQLP Exam can take the Exam the day prior to the Annual Conference on Nov 7 and must report to the test site no later than 12:30 pm. The NCQLP Exam registration deadline has also been extended to September 24, 2015.

For those have already been approved to take the Exam and want to request the test location to be changed to Indianapolis, please email info@ncqlp.org to submit the request.

For those who have not yet submitted an application for the Exam, please go to www.ncqlp.organd complete the LC Examination application.